NRI leader joins Auschwitz visit
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NRI leader joins Auschwitz visit

NRI leader of a UK Hindu community joined the Home Office Minister to visit concentration camps.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 16:06 IST

A leader of the NRI Hindu community in London joined Britain's Home Office minister Paul Goggins and hundreds of students and teachers on a moving visit to Auschwitz, the scene of holocaust and genocide inflicted in occupied-Poland by Nazis during the World War II.

Back from the tour, Ramesh Kallidai, Secretary General of the Hindu Forum, said last night they were shown the camp's barracks and crematoria before joining a memorial service at Birkenau.

"Visiting Auschwitz was shocking and deeply moving. Seeing the actual place where this senseless genocide took place left a much deeper impact on me than just hearing about it, he said.

"Those who still persist in their meaningless diatribe of Holocaust denial have only to look at the mountain of human hair, personal effects, the gas chambers and the crematoria to come to their senses," Kallidai said.

Goggins described the visit as "a deep and personal encounter with the suffering inflicted by the Nazis".

"I was particularly moved and encouraged by the response of all the young people who took part in the visit. They seemed to grasp the important lessons that the Holocaust still holds for the present day and for the future of our country," he said.

First Published: Mar 20, 2006 16:03 IST